Yesterday the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission approved a six percent toll increase which will go into effect in 2017.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Tolls Go Up For Ninth Year In A Row
Pennsylvania transportation officials say that the toll increase is necessitated by the cost of rebuilding and widening the roadway. This is the ninth year in a row that the cost of Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls has risen.
For truck driver who use E-ZPass, this means that rates will increase from $9.59 to $10.17. Truckers who pay the toll in cash will see an increase from $13.60 to $14.45.
The toll increase will go into effect after midnight on January 7, 2017.
Commission Says Toll Increases Are Necessary
The Turnpike Commission claims that the toll increased are a necessity, but they also say that they plan to review their spending and are considering a hiring freeze.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission stated previously that they believe that yearly toll increases of three to six percent will be necessary until 2044.